Last night, my son (10) and I were at a meeting and the speaker closed with some thoughts on being thankful. He said that he wanted all of the kids to go home and spend a little time acknowledging all that they have and all that they need that is provided to them. To look around at all of the things that are done for them. He said he wanted everyone to just think about those things for a while, and then, once you’ve taken stock of those things, give thanks. Because being thankful starts with being aware.
What a powerful message for all of us.
Thanksgiving Day in the US is this Thursday, and everywhere you turn there are messages about being thankful. That is, if you can see them behind all the sales promotions and Black Friday advertisements (don’t get me started on that).
When asked “What are you thankful for?” We all have something to claim. Even on our darkest day, there is something to be grateful for. I mean, even if today is your worst. day. ever., – if you’re reading this you must be sitting at a computer or using a smart phone or tablet. That is, by itself, already more than many people in the world can claim. How much time do we spend actively thinking about why we are thankful for the things in our lives? I know I don’t do it enough.
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with your family, or going it alone for the holiday break, or if this week is just like any other week in November… take a minute and look around you. I dare you to say you have nothing to be thankful for.
So… what are you thankful for?
Today I’m thankful for my family’s health, graphic design software (isn’t my graphic cute!?), my fabulous hubby, and the amazing gift to be able to work from home.
I’d love to hear from you…